Delhi Police questions Boje in 2000 match fixing probe

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New Delhi, Dec 11 (UNI) Former South African cricketer Nicky Boje was today questioned by the Delhi Police (DP) in connection with the 2000 match fixing scandal.

Boje, who is in India to play for 'Hyderabad Heroes' in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), was last week issued a notice by the Delhi Police to join the investigations in connection with the 2000 match fixing scandal, also involving late Proteas skipper Hansie Cronje, was questioned at the Delhi Police Officers' Mess in R K Puram in South Delhi.

The notice has been issued to Boje under Section 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which requires the attendance of a person if they are found to be ''acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case''.

The 34-year-old left-arm spinner arrived at the Mess accompanied by a senior official of the South African High Commission.

The questioning, which began at around 1100 hours, lasted for about an hour.

Briefing reporters after the questioning, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), Satyendra Garg, said, ''Boje was questioned in connection with the match fixing case of 2000. We wanted to question him on certain things pertaining to the case.

Since Nicky Boje is in India, we wanted to clarify a few things which are in the records against him so that case can move ahead.'' Mr Garg also said that the cricketer was very cooperative during his questioning and gave a satisfactory reply to all the querries posed to him.

Boje, Cronje and opener Herschelle Gibbs were the South African cricketers whose name popped up in the scam after Delhi Police intercepted Cronje's conversation with bookies in India.

The former Protea skipper later admitted to striking deals for fixing matches during the India-South Africa ODI in 2000.

Apart from Cronje, Boje and Gibbs were also found guilty of playing a part in the match-fixing scandal by the King's Commission inquiry held in South Africa. Later, both the cricketers were heavily fined, but somehow got away with just six-month bans for their involvement in the scam.

UNI

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